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Vin Scully, Voice of the Dodgers for 67 Years, Dies at 94


He narrated a succession of massive events of baseball history, and knew when to stay quiet.

Mr. Scully was on the microphone in 1955 when the Brooklyn Dodgers won their only World Series championship, and in 1956 when Don Larsen of the Yankees pitched an ideal game against the Dodgers within the World Series.

When Sandy Koufax retired all 27 Chicago Cubs batters at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 9, 1965, Mr. Scully placed his stamp on the moment:

“On the scoreboard in right field, it’s 9:46 within the City of the Angels, Los Angeles, California. And a crowd of 29,139 just sitting in to see the one pitcher in baseball history to hurl 4 no-hit, no-run games. He has done it 4 straight years and now he caps it: On his fourth no-hitter, he made it an ideal game. And Sandy Koufax, whose name will at all times remind you of strikeouts, did it with a flurry. He struck out the last six consecutive batters. So when he wrote his name in capital letters within the record books, that K stands out even greater than the O-U-F-A-X.”

When Hank Aaron of the Braves hit his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s record, on April 8, 1974, in Atlanta against the Dodgers, Mr. Scully said simply: “To the fence. It’s gone.”

He then walked to the back of the published booth, took his headset off, had a sip of coffee and waited because the roar of the group resounded.

Finally, he returned to the microphone: “What a wonderful moment for baseball. What a wonderful moment for Atlanta and the State of Georgia. What a wonderful moment for the country and the world. A Black man is getting a standing ovation within the Deep South for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol.”

When a gimpy Kirk Gibson pinch-hit a game-winning home run for the Dodgers against the Oakland A’s within the opener of the 1988 World Series at Dodger Stadium, Mr. Scully observed, “In a yr that has been so improbable, the unattainable has happened.”

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